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    Welcome to Lizzie Harper’s Website!

    An experienced natural history and botanical illustrator, Lizzie’s work appears in books and magazines around the world, on postage stamps and mugs.

    She lives very happily in Hay on Wye, and works her garden studio surrounded by plants and birds.

    Lizzie Harper

    “ I am passionate about the natural world and love learning about the plants and animals I illustrate. ”

    Projects Showcase

    Bush tea or Quickstick Gliricidia sepium showing plant and a detail of one flower

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    This is a recent natural history illustration of the Banded demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens.

    It`s a male, and easy to identify because of the gem-like body and blue wing bands. Females are a glittery green and have yellowish wings without the band. They are common at the edges of fresh water, and even along slow-flowing river banks.

    This species are very susceptible to pollution, so are good indicators of habitat quality. Sadly, I`ve seen far fewer flitting about in the summer months on the edge of the River Wye than I used to. This ties in with the down-grading of the status of Hay-on-Wye`s local river health by Natural England, from "un-favourable recovering" to "un-favourable declining" in June 2023.


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    “ “Botanical artist Lizzie Harper produces meticulous watercolours of flora and fauna in her celebrations of nature” ”

    Country Living Magazine

    Original Artwork Available to Buy

    “ Lizzie has consistently impressed me with her skill, professionalism and attention to detail ”

    Jenny Campbell, Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Links to Lizzie's Workshops, Exhibitions, Cards, and Prints

    Lizzie's latest Posts and Blogs

    Flower shapes: Symbolism & Cultural significance

    Flower shapes: Symbolism & Cultural significance

    Flower Shapes: Symbolism and Cultural Significance guest blog by Nina James Summer Flower shapes matter, culturally as well as botanically.  According to the 2016 Generations of Flowers Study 60% of Americans believe a gift of flowers has a special meaning.  This is unlike any other gift.  Many associate different colours with different meanings.   Red roses […] Read more
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    Samon Salmo salar hen fish showing silvery irridescence
    Salmon hen natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper
    Common lizard Lacerta vivipara in field with grasses buttercup and orchids
    Common lizard in field natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

    Lizzie Harper